The Accolade Merit Award is for the first film in the ‘Little Stars’ series: Value Every Life, which features Sunflower Children’s Hospice in Bloemfontein, South Africa and ICPCN’s Chief Executive, Joan Marston. Click here to watch the film.
The film, which introduces us to children’s hospice and palliative care, won an Accolade Award for ‘Use of Film for Social Change’ a few days ago. The Accolade Competition has been a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices for ten years, unlike a traditional film festival and includes film, television, new media and videography awards. Mike Hill of Moonshine Movies had this to say: “This award, which has come at the outset of the Little Stars project, affirms that the voice of children living with life-limiting illnesses can and will be heard with increasing volume over the coming years.”
Little Stars is a series of films looking at life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-shortening illnesses. Against the odds, these very special children are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their families, in harmony with passionate ‘palliative care’ teams.
Children’s palliative care is a response to the suffering of a child and their family facing life-threatening conditions. It is holistic, looking at the body, mind and spirit within the social and cultural context. It cares for the child from the time of diagnosis until death, and after death it provides bereavement support for the family.
These remarkable stories of young people finding peace, love and joy in the face of the inevitable, challenges many preconceived notions surrounding death and powerfully demonstrates the transformative effect that good-services, well-delivered can have on families facing an unimaginable dilemma.
Pledge to host a screening and receive a free DVD
You are invited to pledge to host a screening or to use the films for public education or advocacy. In return, you will receive a DVD* of the films in the Little Stars collection at no cost at the time of release.
Through screenings, Little Stars will raise awareness, encourage engagement and provide essential communications tools to educate and generate positive changes at both local and national policy levels.
Everyone with an interest in advocating for children’s palliative care is encouraged to get behind the project and help us band together towards the goal of ensuring that every child needing palliative care can access it worldwide, thereby relieving the suffering of children and families facing life-limiting illness.
* Please note, this is a limited offer while stocks last.
The form is now available for interested organisations, educators and individual activists to register to host-a-screening/ pledge to use the films for educational purposes and thereby receive a free DVD when the final product is available. To do so, go to: http://www.littlestars.tv/pledge/
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